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Somewhere in Afrika [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Somewhere in Afrika, an ode to Manfred Mann's home country of South Africa, contains a formula that is atypical of Manfred Mann's Earth Band sound. With rhythms that combine an African flavor with a modern rock feel, Mick Rogers takes over on vocals with the number 22 hit "Runner," released as the album's only single. Tracks such as "Demolition Man" and "Eyes of Nostradamus" are model Earth Band efforts, but the truly compelling material lies in songs such as "Lalela," "Koze Kobenini," and the title track which conveys Mann's love for his birthplace without sounding overly pretentious or manufactured. The instrumentation is solid and free-flowing, with drums and other ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Somewhere in Afrika, an ode to Manfred Mann's home country of South Africa, contains a formula that is atypical of Manfred Mann's Earth Band sound. With rhythms that combine an African flavor with a modern rock feel, Mick Rogers takes over on vocals with the number 22 hit "Runner," released as the album's only single. Tracks such as "Demolition Man" and "Eyes of Nostradamus" are model Earth Band efforts, but the truly compelling material lies in songs such as "Lalela," "Koze Kobenini," and the title track which conveys Mann's love for his birthplace without sounding overly pretentious or manufactured. The instrumentation is solid and free-flowing, with drums and other percussion work coming to the forefront while maintaining the group's atmosphere as a rock band. Somewhere in Afrika gave Manfred Mann's Earth Band their highest-charting American album since 1976's The Roaring Silence, peaking at number 40, but the tight musicianship and unrestricted layout of the music prove that the album should have placed much higher. [This version of the release contains bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2011
  • Label: Creature Music
  • EAN: 5019148619147
  • Catalog Number: 13
  • Sales rank: 2,346

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Manfred Mann's Earth Band Primary Artist
Manfred Mann Indexed Contributor
Shona Laing Vocals
Chris Thompson Vocals
Chief Dawethi Vocals
Matt Irving Bass Guitar
John Lingwood Percussion, Drums
Rufus Sefothoma Vocals
Steve Waller Vocals
Jabu Mbalu Vocals
Fats Mothya Vocals
Technical Credits
Matt Irving Programming, Vocal Engineer
John Lingwood Arranger
Mick Rogers Material
Robert M. Corich Liner Notes, Remastering
Lars Finnstrom Engineer
Terry Medhurst Engineer
Martin Poole Artwork, Cover Art
Traditional Composer
Andrew Buckle Artwork
Helen Milner Material
Andy Taylor Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
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